Regarding the Carnegie Mellon University exhibitionists ("CMU Files Indecent Exposure Charges Against 2," May 11): There should be no logical endorsement of public nudity on any occasion for any purpose. Citizens have a right to peaceful protest, but indecent public exposure should not be endorsed under any selective circumstance. Otherwise, we would be permitting everybody to walk the streets naked, and why should there be exceptions?
Not only was the one student's nudity clearly intended to make a mockery of public morals but also it was specifically designed to smear Christianity, the Catholic Church, its religious tenets and the pope. This was verified by her mockery of the pope's costume and the vulgar display of the cross on her private parts. If the student depicted a black person in chains being whipped or a Jew branded with a swastika there would be public outrage, even if she was fully clothed. That would be called a hate crime, to be severely punished. Hate crimes can focus not only on race and ethnicity but also on religion. If she had posed as a naked Muslim displaying the star and crescent on her private parts I am sure all hell would have broken loose and there would be a public outcry with no doubt as to its being a religious-oriented insult.
That student should be subject to the same laws of public decency everyone else must respect and not be above those laws. Any support for such behavior is a deplorable sign of how low our society has sunk. Laws of decency hold a society together. When those go we can expect eventual anarchy and complete chaos.
THAYER K. MILLER